Being human is hard.
We all lay our heads down on our pillows at night and wonder if we’re good enough. If we’ve really got what it takes to make it through this life, and to have some kind of positive lasting impression on those around us.
It’s a human condition. But honestly, I’ve seen it hit women and mothers in a way that us men may never fully understand.
I’ve watched as my wife, the strongest woman I know, cry as she battles through the challenges of motherhood. I’ve seen the tangible weight of her heart as she carries the burden of our children’s health and future. I’ve listened to her struggle through unnecessary guilt as she grieves the woman she once was, before we had kids. I’ve seen the look in her eyes as she silently compares herself to the other women around her and wonder if I still think she’s the funniest, the prettiest, and the best.
As men, we’re set-up with an unfair advantage from the start. Our kids are born declaring us their hero, with very little effort needed on our part. And let’s face it, our sons aren’t on the playground bragging to their friends about how their mom can beat up everyone else’s mom (But if they are, you score some serious points!). We’re heroes, simply because we’re dads.
On this Mother’s Day, as you collect your hand painted cards, and macaroni string necklaces, there is one message we men want you to hear.
You’re still sexy.
Tonight I sat down for dinner with my wife and watched as her exhausted body melted into the chair. She still had food stains on her shirt from this morning’s breakfast. Her hair looked like she had been struck by lighting at some point during the day.
“She’s so beautiful”, I thought to myself.
Women, here’s the truth; I know we suck at telling you how much you mean to us. I know that as we get caught up in our jobs and favorite sports teams, that we aren't making you feel any more valuable. And I know that we have an unfair advantage when it comes to being the hero of the family. But I can speak honestly for the hundreds of men here at Dad Tired who are trying their best to be better husbands and fathers…
You are the real hero.
You are beautiful, not because you had time to do your make-up today, but because you demonstrate a perseverance that inspires us. You are valuable, not because you managed to clean the entire house, but because you remind us of our God, who selflessly laid down his life for those he loved. Is there anything more attractive?
We know that you long to be the women you once were for us. But we'll let you in on our little secret: we still think you’re sexy.
Happy Mother’s day.
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